13 Milan players set for international duty: Italy to face Biglia’s Argentina, André Silva and Portugal to play Egypt

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Lucas Biglia during Brazil-Argentina at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Lucas Biglia during Brazil-Argentina at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

13 players from Gattuso’s squad will be in action with their respective national teams in this upcoming break.

After winning five matches in a row in Serie A, some Rossoneri players will now have a chance to catch their breath, while others will be involved in the upcoming round of international matches.

13 Milan players will be in action for 10 different sides (9 countries). With the exception of Matteo Gabbia and the U19 Italy team, all the others have friendly matches coming up in the next days.

Patrick Cutrone has been called-up by Italy for the first time and he will join Gigio Donnarumma, Leo Bonucci and Jack Bonaventura as the Azzurri, after failing to qualify for the World Cup, face Lucas Biglia’s Argentina in Manchester and England in London. Davide Calabria was originally called-up by the U21 Italy side, but the fullback had to be pulled out of the squad as he’s not 100% fit.

André Silva and Portugal will meanwhile face Liverpool’s Mo Salah and his Egypt side in Zurich before playing USA, while Ricardo Rodriguez and Switzerland face Greece and then Panama.

The full list of called-up players and their matches with dates and times is below:

National TeamPlayer/s called-upMatches
ItalyGianluigi Donnarumma
Leonardo Bonucci
Giacomo Bonaventura
Patrick Cutrone
Friendly: Argentina-Italy
(Etihad Stadium, Manchester, March 23rd 2018, 20:45 CET)

Friendly: England-Italy
(Wembley Stadium, England, March 27th 2018, 21:00 CET)
ArgentinaLucas BigliaFriendly: Argentina-Italy
(Etihad Stadium, Manchester, March 23rd 2018, 20:45 CET)

Friendly: Spain-Argentina
(Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, March 27th 2018, 21:30 CET)
ColombiaCristian ZapataFriendly: France-Colombia
(Stade de France, Paris, March 23rd 2018, 21:00 CET)

Friendly: Colombia-Australia
(Craven Cottage, London, March 27th 2018, 21:00 CET)
ParaguayGustavo GomezFriendly: United States-Paraguay
(WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina, March 28th 2018, 01:30 CET)
PortugalAndré SilvaFriendly: Portugal-Egypt
(Letzigrund, Zurich, March 23rd 2018, 20:45 CET)

Friendly: Portugal-Netherlands
(Stade de Genève, Geneva, March 27th 2018,
TurkeyHakan ÇalhanoğluFriendly: Turkey-Republic of Ireland
(New Antalya Stadium, Antalya, March 23rd 2018, 18:30 CET)

Friendly: Montenegro-Turkey
(Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, March 27th 2018, 19:10 CET)
CroatiaNikola KalinićFriendly: Peru-Croatia
(Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, March 24th 2018, 01:00 CET)

Friendly: Mexico-Croatia
(AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, March 28th 2018, 03:30 CET)
SwitzerlandRicardo RodriguezFriendly: Greece-Switzerland
(Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, March 23rd 2018, 19:00 CET)

Friendly: Switzerland-Panama
(Swissporarena, Lucerne, March 27th 2018, 19:00 CET)
Ivory CoastFranck KessiéFriendly: Togo-Ivory Coast
(Stade Pierre Brisson, Beauvais, March 24th 2018, 19:00 CET)

Friendly: Ivory Coast-Madagascar
(Stade Pierre Brisson, Beauvais, March 27th 2018, 20:00 CET)
Italy U19Matteo GabbiaUnder-19 EURO qualifer: Italy U19-Greece U19
(Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine, March 21st 2018, 15:30 CET)

Under-19 EURO qualifer: Italy U19-Poland U19
(Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine, March 24th 2018, 16:30 CET)

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Pelle80

No suso?.. well, go guys and come back safe. Goodluck!

Milanista121
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I think its nice, so he can rest, you can see that he’s tired… we’ll really need him in top form against Juve and Inter, and of course the coming games but you know what I mean. Also nice that Roma and Calabria gets rest. I wonder though, why did Calabria get called up for the U-21 side? I know he still wouldnt play, but considering how he has played this season, he has surely been better than both Darmian and Zappacosta at least.

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On milan bible twitter they posted that MN (whoever that is) reported that Calabria was very close to being called up to the senior team by Biagio until his injury.

Not sure how true that is, but there is no smoke without fire so he is definitely being thought about

Pelle80
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Pelle80

True talk bro.

Mayday
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Mayday

Don’t forget De Sciglio who also got called up. This is why Italy are suffering. They tend to believe that experience alone over raw quality comes first which even if you basically are terrible. It is just plain stupid because that is not how spain, France, Germany, the Nedetherlands manage to keeping developing talents time and time again, while Italy waste their on stupid loans and stall a players developement until they fade out and then they keep wondering why the National team is SH*T. They deserve to be like that. Imagine that Jorginho and Insigne were not given a… Read more »

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@RKaY, ah allright that makes sense, thanks for the update bro!

@Mayday, I kind of see your point, but De Sciglio has been good for Juve, I dont see any problems with him being called up, he’s both young and experienced, plus has performed well.
If you are a Milanista though, why would you ever think of wanting to see Calabria at Barca just to prove a point?
Calabria is great, and even if he’s half as succesful as Tassotti and/or Cafu – arguably the best right back of all time – we can consider ourselves lucky.

Protheus
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Protheus

You would like Calabria (one of our gem) out to barca just to prove your point? You sir, an egoistical prick. Get out! we dont need “your point”.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Haha I commented the same thing about proving a point, but my comment is awaiting moderation atm!

Ross Oneri
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Ross Oneri

Too good for Milan? are you nuts? are you Riola?

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

De sciglio has not been good for juve. Just because he scored a nice goal? How many blunders has he made and injuries to him too. Barzaghli plays rb over him 80% of the time. My friends who unfortunately are juve fans always say to me I can’t believe we bought him. It was good business getting rid of him

Milanista121
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Milanista121

@milanellofm, hey, i’m one of those guys who dont value defenders performances with goals/assists. The games ive seen with him, theyre few, but mainly v Barca and now lastly against SPAL, i think he was good. He is better than Rodríguez this season thats for sure.

Sheva
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Sheva

So many delusions and stupidity on this blog. And even to say now that Calabria can be the best right back in Milan history is one thing but to place him in Barca just to prove a point? I am one of Cabria’s biggest fans and I wish him only the best in Milan and NT but he still has miles to cover to become reliable RB even. His game against Arsenal at home proved that. As for De Sciglio I don’t like him as a player nor as a person, I think Juventus great squad makes him look better… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

I agree I also don’t rate defenders on their goals. I’ve just heard many people after him scoring his wonder goal saying that oh we miss him now. That is not the case. Like I said there’s been videos out there of his poor defending that has lead to goals. Fortunately for him juve have gone many games without conceding a goal. My juve friends all don’t like him and when a 37 year old who’s a cb gets chosen over him it shows. I for one am happy he’s no longer here cause he bothered me with his attitude… Read more »

oluwashevy
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why the bashing maybe he made a typographical error we are lucky to have him yes and with time he will develop to the very best standards he don’t need to play for any team to prove point forza Milan

Elburner
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Elburner

Just don’t come back injured because its the last thing we’ll be needing at this time of the season

balle
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balle

I hate Raiola!